This Years Artists

The Neon Effect

The Neon Effect photoHarpist Michelle Doyle, cellist Catie Martin and oboist/fiddler Jessica Foot meld their rich sonorities with eclectic craftsmanship to explore the far reaches of the contemporary Aussie-Trad musical vernacular. Through soulful strains, deep grooves and an explosion of colour, The Neon Effect ignites the music of their time and place.
Together they create original works and reimagine contemporary Australian folk tunes and songs. With vivid imagery they construct instrumental and vocal ‘neofolk’ soundscapes, pulsing with the intricate narratives of Aussie folk's own cultural coming-of-age.
Newly-formed in Feb 2017, The Neons stunned audiences at the Robert Burns and National Celtic Festivals, and they will appear at the Fairbridge Folk Festival in 2018. As the recipients of the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club Sides Fiddlership scholarship, they toured to Scotland and Shetland in September 2017, performing and teaching workshops, and engaging in a cultural/musical exchange with musicians of the Shetland Islands. They will record their debut album in January 2018, to be followed by an Australian tour.